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MB_Avro_UK
09-04-2007, 06:30 PM
hi all,

This clip from a British BBC television series is an example. Set in WW1 1917.

British troops are going 'over the top' to face German machine guns and shells.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mep60vasbfI

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Choctaw111
09-04-2007, 06:40 PM
You have to do anything to try and keep your sanity in a warzone. What I saw was nothing compared to those poor blokes in that war. I can only imagine...and even then probably not even come close.

Fox_3
09-04-2007, 06:41 PM
Does it work?

Dad's Army.
Allo Allo.
It Aint Arf Hot Mum.
Black Adder Goes Forth.

It certainly does!

Waldo.Pepper
09-04-2007, 06:47 PM
"Are we the baddies" - will be along shortly.

Actually I suspect this thread is a thinly veiled attempt to get someone to post that link again! I am in a suspicious mood today. Perhaps MB_Arvo_UK has a cunning plan up his sleeve.

Esel1964
09-04-2007, 07:55 PM
I always get a laugh out of this old classic. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=5rKYL0tW-Ek) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

SeaFireLIV
09-04-2007, 07:59 PM
Depends.

1.War comedy made at the time of the war never works so well out of it. War comedy made for war has a different, much harsher attitude to it. Look at the Bugs bunny cartoon and how it refers and depicts the japanese. you wouldn`t get that today in a peacetime public kids cartoon.


2.War comedy made after the war is usually `cleaned up` enough to allow for civilian sensibilities and the fact that we are no longer at war. In this case `at war` comedy made in the war won`t work so well.

leitmotiv
09-04-2007, 11:04 PM
This is my all-time favorite: "Britain's Great Pre-War Joke"

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s261/G6AS/Picture1-32.png

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8I3zCQzZx68

major_setback
09-05-2007, 02:38 AM
I remember once at school sitting for final French exam paper in a large hall with lots of other children. When we got the paper we were all shocked, the French used was so advanced that most of us couldn't understand a thing on it. After the few minutes it took to digest the fact that we were all f***ed, ie didn't have snowballs chance in hell of passing the exam quite a lot of us just burst out laughing. True genuine belly laughing. This was the exam that would give us our final grade after leaving school. I don't know if the laughter came as a release of tension, all i know is it wasn't contrived, just spontanious and genuine.
I think in some situtions laughter just comes. Humor is always around us, sometimes we don't notice it, other times it smacks you in the face.

DuxCorvan
09-05-2007, 03:09 AM
The last Blackadder episode is intendedly sad and not as funny as the others. The previous ones are quite good.

leitmotiv
09-05-2007, 03:50 AM
Originally posted by major_setback:
I remember once at school sitting for final French exam paper in a large hall with lots of other children. When we got the paper we were all shocked, the French used was so advanced that most of us couldn't understand a thing on it. After the few minutes it took to digest the fact that we were all f***ed, ie didn't have snowballs chance in hell of passing the exam quite a lot of us just burst out laughing. True genuine belly laughing. This was the exam that would give us our final grade after leaving school. I don't know if the laughter came as a release of tension, all i know is it wasn't contrived, just spontanious and genuine.
I think in some situtions laughter just comes. Humor is always around us, sometimes we don't notice it, other times it smacks you in the face.

Laughing when you know you haven't got a snowball's chance in Hell is a very human reaction.

Jediteo
09-05-2007, 04:53 PM
That blackadder episode is icredibly sad.
As for the "are we the baddies", I am only happy to oblige.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsNLbK8_rBY

Enjoy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Zeus-cat
09-05-2007, 06:29 PM
The very, very last Blackadder episode was quite good. I mean the one set on December 31st, 1999. If you haven't seen it yet it is worth it.

WWSensei
09-05-2007, 08:01 PM
From the US side of war entertainment...

M.A.S.H. - Lasted 11 years

"Hogan's Heroes" -- think of the pitch for this one... "We're going to have the series take place in a Nazi prison camp during WW2--and it's a comedy!"

F-Troop - Civil War and Indian Wars

McHale's Navy

Operation Petticoat - WW2 "pink submarine" movie and short lived series

Gomer Pyle, USMC

Friendly_flyer
09-05-2007, 11:54 PM
Originally posted by Jediteo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsNLbK8_rBY


Yes, it works!

DuxCorvan
09-06-2007, 09:12 AM
Originally posted by Zeus-cat:
The very, very last Blackadder episode was quite good. I mean the one set on December 31st, 1999. If you haven't seen it yet it is worth it.

The one with the time machine, right? It's a jewel.

You've got to love Rowan Atkinson's 'Blackadder' cynical, smart-a$s remarks. Much better than the silly 'Mr.Bean'.

"M.A.S.H." was OK till Alan Alda took command and converted the series in a boring sweet-sour drama. Unbearable and dull.

rhinomonkey
09-06-2007, 09:36 AM
Have you ever read catch 22?

Friendly_flyer
09-06-2007, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by rhinomonkey:
Have you ever read catch 22?

Ah, hard core cynical war satire at it's best!

Blutarski2004
09-06-2007, 10:12 AM
..... Anyone recollect the "Gunner Asch" books?

I.JG53_Steuben
09-06-2007, 01:41 PM
my favourite is:

--->this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkz1ecxrQO4

Bo_Nidle
09-06-2007, 04:51 PM
Sometimes comedy is the most effective way of showing up the insanity of war for what it is. The film M*A*S*H is one of my all time favourites.

However for wartime TV comedy this is my personal favourite

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pwldGmw4yDo

Nothing shows the British wartime bulldog spirit so brilliantly.

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/06_02/DadsArmyBBC_468x474.jpg

XyZspineZyX
09-06-2007, 05:19 PM
"1941" bombed at the theaters

But it's still a really funny film

madsarmy
09-07-2007, 01:09 AM
Dad's Army. My all time favorite. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif